École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques

Immersion Week 2017!

20 September 2017

The school year got off to a rollicking start with Immersion Week 2017!

The new students entering the Master of Science and Business in Vineyard and Winery Management program met for the first time, starting the week with an overview of the administrative and academic organization. Professors Gambetta, Martins, and Coelho introduced the team of professors who will be teaching courses throughout the year, emphasizing their breadth of experience and knowledge in subjects ranging from viticulture to oenology to marketing.

The school year got off to a rollicking start with Immersion Week 2017! The new students entering the Master of Science and Business in Vineyard and Winery Management program met for the first time, starting the week with an overview of the administrative and academic organization. Professors Gambetta, Martins, and Coelho introduced the team of professors who will be teaching courses throughout the year, emphasizing their breadth of experience and knowledge in subjects ranging from viticulture to oenology to marketing.

The next morning found the class assembled at the renowned cooperage Nadalié. A guide explained how the coopers carefully choose the best oak trees in France and Eastern Europe, usually more than 100 years old, and age them outdoors for at least two years before beginning the journey of turning the staves into barrels. From there, master craftsmen use decades of knowledge, along with water, fire, and pure human power, to shape the wood into perfectly tight and beautiful barrels. Over lunch at the cooperage following the tour, the class discussed not only how incredibly loud a cooperage is (imagine a hundred hammers hitting metal bars at once!), but also the effects of different barrels on a resulting wine.

That night, the class self-organized a night out, to get to know each other and the city a bit better. Starting at a hole-in-the-wall bar in Gambetta and finally ending many hours later over a long dinner in Capucins, the students shared stories about their lives, their backgrounds, and their excitement for the years ahead. Thankfully the next day started a little later in the morning, with a trip to the Institute des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin (ISVV), where Professor Gambetta undertakes his research. A dizzying tour of the facilities and laboratories, as well as a micro-vinification center and vineyards, left most students with one overall impression: there’s a lot to learn about vines and wine!

Finally, to cap off a long and exciting week, on Friday morning each student gave a short presentation about wine in their country of origin. Georgia, the US, Japan, France, China, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Serbia, and even Mongolia were all featured. Following the presentations, the class had the opportunity to taste wines from each of the regions and compare their styles.

Immersion week is not for the faint of heart, but is an amazing introduction to your fellow classmates, Sciences Agro, Bordeaux, and of course, wine. By the end of the week, the class felt fully integrated into the life of the university.

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